Sunday morning wine tasting in a village of balconies and bunting:
A theatrical entrance to the old village whose narrow streets were filled with the stalls of wine producers, cheese makers, biscuit, cake and honey sellers, charcuterie producers and throngs of people tasting all this in the heat. We found and bought some familiar produce – goats’ cheese from Mas Rolland – and tasted wines we’d not tasted before from Domaine du Météore at Cabrerolles and Domaine Alquier at Faugères and bought rosé from Domaine Ballicioni at Autignac and Chateau des Peyregrandes at Roquessels (next door to Chateau des Adouzes where we buy wine regularly, but we’ve never ventured here before). A completely new discovery, to us, was the Saffron syrup from the Tarn region of south-western France, which can be added to white wine to make Saffron kir and can also be used in cooking gambas or duck. The kir we tasted at the stall tasted wonderfully spicy.
Crowded narrow streets and, right, a traditional still making fine de Faugères.
Our own harvest, and promise for the future
From the garden this morning: Aubergines, a bell pepper, tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet onions, courgettes and beans. And, right, a small pumpkin on a huge plant, just beginning to grow. Aubergine and courgette slices fried in olive oil and sprinkled with thyme and chopped garlic went well with Mas Rolland goats’ cheeses for supper.